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Bandera

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Steakhouse, Southwestern
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3201 E Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA 92625-2331
+1 949-673-3524
Website
Today
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: American Cooking with a Southwestern Flavor.

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mixed emotions!

Have eaten here several times and always enjoyed the meal itself and free corkage. Tonight's steak was the best here yet! Kudos to the chef! Service seemed rushed and abrupt and as I recall this has also been experienced in the past. Server even tried to remove plate before our guest had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
kakey
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lake forest, ca
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Orange County, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My wife and I sit at the bar weekly and the service from the bartenders is top notch. We have our favorite meals which we consistently order (wife: macho salad me: smoked salmon) and it never fails. The best kept secret is the smoked salmon!

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Corona del Mar, CA
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in Corona del Mar. It is a busy and fairly noisy place but booths are cozy and they feel intimate. Great Ribs and Chicken and Fish, but my favorite is the Macho Salad with Green Salad, Avacado, Roasted Chicken, Dates, Feta? and Cornbread croutons and maybe more that I don't remember. Great gathering spot for... More 

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Newport Beach, CA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Was my third visit to Bandera. I keep thinking that maybe I'm just ordering the wrong thing, but that is not the case. The food is nothing great. And the service was horrible. I do not feel like they need your business at all. The waitress had a horrible attitude. She was mad because one person in my party was... More 

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Foothill Ranch, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

After a couple years, I had the opportunity to visit Bandera again on May 9, 2015. My memories of the venue and food were favorable and had me filled with anticipation to return for a family meal celebrating Mother's Day. I've been a fan of their sister properties at Houston's and R+D Kitchen, so knew that this was going to... More 

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lake forest, ca
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Have eaten here several times and always enjoyed the meal itself and free corkage. Tonight's steak was the best here yet! Kudos to the chef! Service seemed rushed and abrupt and as I recall this has also been experienced in the past. Server even tried to remove plate before our guest had finished. She seemed nice enough but the push... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

What a unique and delicious menu Bandera has! While known for their rotisserie chicken, Bandera also serves some other delicious menu items as well; I am particularly fond of the Tuna Platter entree of seared ahi tuna and the deviled eggs appetizer. The banana cream pie at Bandera was not my favorite version of this dish and could be improved.... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We keep driving by the restaurant and were curious. Once I entered and was seated I notice a number of similarities to Houston's. A number of things were identical but not in the same class as a Houston's restaurant. Go to Houston's!

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New City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Avoid this place, servers are not friendly at all and the food is nothing special. Prices too high for the low quality offered.

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Victoria, Canada
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

Visited here with cousins who live in the area, great food, very good service. The restaurant is very busy, so be prepared for a wait, or make a reservation. Definitely recommend the Seattle barbecued salmon and the banana cream pie

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Corona del Mar, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Always a crowd at this happening bar-bistro, a few blocks away from Big Corona Beach, but wear heels, not flip-flops. Great for drinks and casual dining.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3201 E Coast Hwy, Corona del Mar, CA 92625-2331
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Corona del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 949-673-3524

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

American Cooking with a Southwestern Flavor.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?